Letters to the Editor Archive September 2009

High Tide of Greed

After the saga of the laptop scandle, miused of cattle fund, MPs wife salary, defeated MP compensation and the Entitlement Paliamentary Commission. Now we have a new issue on hand. The sale of the foreign...

Reward for Medal Winners

Dear Editor, I would like to contribute on this issue. I support the rewarding of gold medal winners but rewarding someone is not only through money. Generally, performance of people being rewarded by...

PEC Spiral

The Parliamentarian high entitlements had invoked a strike by the public service for an increased in salary, which was already implemented. And now the Provincial members & City council members wanted...

Are foreign mining companies rip offs?

Solomon Saiki has quite remarkably pushed ahead with his rhetoric and has portrayed 'foreign-owned mining companies' who have or are in the process of establishing their operations in Solomon Islands as...

Rini Vs Law

Our former Prime Minister, Sir Alan Kemakeza said it right when he said "no one is above the law". The controversial Rini, defacing the decision by the High Court of Solomon Islands, the Highest Legal...

Althletes deserve reward

Editor, I agree with the suggestion by some contributers in this talk-shop that our gold medalist at the SP mini games should be specially recognise by the gov't. The courage and determination shown by...

PM resignation?

Dear Editor, It is not in the best interest of the Nation to experience another instability due to change of leadership or government, neither it is in the public interest to see one infected apple in...

Sasako and Pheonix

Dear Editor, Lately, Alfred Sasako bombarded our printed media with his articles about Kelvyn Alp / Pheonix International more particularly in the issue of the so called mining company area of operations....

Reward to Votu and Babalu

Having being positive on the idea that both our atheletes be monetary rewarded, because of the exceptional achievement that both had done, I even go to the extent of conveying that it is just time now...

Government & Seized Foreign Vessels

Dear Editor, I would be grateful if my following thoughts on the Rini Saga and the Government's practice on under the table dealing could be published. I have been following the Rini Sagas as they have...

Reward for Medal Winners

Dear Editor, I want to register my absolute disagreement on the idea of rewarding medal (gold) winners in the SP mini games as suggested by John Boisoto and Daniel Ete. Where will the money come from?...

$261m shortfall - Yet Government accept Rini's Explanation

Dear Editor, I would appreciate you include in my take on the above subjects in your column. Kulekana E. had raised two important questions that I fully agree with and surely deserve some explanations...

Change Electoral Act

Dear Editor, Whilst appreciating the reform that is done on the current Electoral Act to meet the changes taking place, I disagree with the sentiments echoed by Mr.Karani and Keniapisia that the current...

Monetary Reward for Votu & Babalu

Editor, Yes, I support the call by John Boisoto for the government to reward athletes who have won gold medals at regional Games such as the Pacific Mini Games in monetary terms. I am aware that in the...

$261 Million Shortfall in Budget: PM

Is PEC aware of the million dollar gap recently announced by the PM, given that our financial keeper is also part of PEC or they didn't see it coming and continue to approve dubious increases in entitlements...

Sharzy CD

Hi Saw your article on Sharzy on Internet. A friend of mine really likes his music & I was wondering how we could buy one. We are in Australia. Cheers, Debbie ...

Hindrance to Development

The Prime Minister Sikua said and I quote "if Solomon Islands want to develop, then disputes, violence, corruption and maladministration must be stopped" end of quote. I would like to add that lack of...

PM's Resignation

Dear Editor While I may have had some issues with the PM and his government, I do feel that having him resign at this juncture is not justified. My main reason for saying this is intertwined with the...

Solomons snaps 3 Gold Medal-Deserves rewards

Dear Editor, The good performance put on by our veteran athlete Mr Votu and young prospective athlete Miss Babalu at the Mini South Pacific Games should be congratulated and rewarded for they have done...

PM to step down

Firslty, i'd like to thank writers for sharing and giving ideas on various issues that that are affecting our beloved country at the moment. I would like to share some simple points also on some of the...

Our leaders

Dear editor, Please put this little note on the letters to the editor. What an intresting topic arising again concerning what the former GG had stated about the current govt. Here, I just want to put...

Political parties Integrity Bill

Dear editor, Regarding the PNG's political parties and candidates integrity Bill, Sir Michael likened himself to a crocodile watching its prey in his PNG's 34th independence speech in his home province...

Not the right time to step-down!

What is the use of calling on the PM to step down at the 'eve' of the next general election? How would his resignation or termination from office as PM help to alleviate the issues the country is currently...

TANKIO TUMAS FRENS!

Dear Sir/Madam, Grateful indeed for your kind consideration to include this letter in the "Letters to the Editor" column of the next issue of your paper - Solomon Times Online. I am writing because I...

Hindrance to Development

Dear editor, It is true what the Prime minister has summised; that things have not progressed well after 31 years of 'self reliance' because of what I believe are some debilitating factors. I have tried...

Antech Computer Fiasco

The call for the PM to step down over the Antech Computer fiasco may be going too far, or is it? Why has nothing been done about Antech? Think of the hundreds of students who have missed out on educational...

Walking the Path of Peace

Dear Editor, I hope your readers will forgive this second article to your newspaper in just a matter of days, but when I wrote my first one regarding the need for justice and lasting reconciliation it...

PM Step Down

I support the recent call by former GG Sir Baddley Devesi for the Prime Minster to step down. True, the PM has lost control over his ministers and their dirty dealings. Remember too in in his response...

Prime Minister

"The Prime Minister calls on all public servants, including SIPEU members to work hard and serve the country and people at this difficult time." I quote this from the Solomon Times recent article. In...

Thank you

Dear Editor, I thank you very much for publishing my letter on your online newspaper. I'm currently in contact with Fanella, and I am so happy that I found her. Without your newspaper, I wont be able...

Till Debt do us Part

Like others, the short story posted by Professor Tara is a creative piece and cleverly written. However, I personally think that the twist at the end, daughter taking the law into her own hands, is not...

Till dedt do us apart: Who can we blame?

First I would like to thank Tara for his well defined sitation [senario] depicting Honiaras current family experiences today. Today we can only blame the marriage couple to have been percieved uneducated,...

Talks with SIPEU failed

Dear Editor, Now the government wants to talk sense by calling on the public servants (SIPEU) to work hard and serve the country at this difficult times. Does the government ever thought of these difficult...

Re Flourishing Flowers are blooming business

Thanks for a great article. It's great to read a success story for small businesses in the Pacific. I'm very interested in finding out more about the Value Chain Enterprise Development Project, part of...

Do Not Step Down PM!

The recent call made by Sir Baddley Devesi is not only interesting but also controversial. It is interesting because Mr. Devesi has expressed a strong opinion that the controversies surrounding the current...

No Leaders Could Meet Your Expectation

Dear Editor, Please allow me to share my opinion on the call for the Prime Minister to step down made by the former Governor General Sir Badley Devesi. I could say that the statement made by the former...

Till debt do us part

Dear editor please allow a space to reply to Mr. Viulu's disagreement on conclusion of the aboved titled article by Tara. Of course we can disagree with some parts of his writing. But to deny the fact...

The CNURA Commotion

Dear Editor, it is fascinating yet disturbing to learn of the current commotions allegedly unfolding within the CNURA ranks, which perhaps prompted former GG Sir Baddley Devesi to make a rather compelling...

Principles of affordability and fairness

As an observer, I found the PM's statements rather inconsistent. When the PM is preaching about the principles of affordability and fairness to the employees and sounded the government is making a generous...

Till debt to us apart: Family Law Reform Implications for Solomons

Much have already been said about the Dr. Tara's short story; themes/content and morals measured in relation to important societal values. I would like to share my one-cent comment on the short-story...

Till Debt Do Us Apart

Thumbs up to Prof. Tara for his excellent piece of work and the clear cut messages depicted in his story. However, I would like to register my disagreement over the story's concluding remarks. Whilst...

Part not with your debts

Dear Editor, Come next wednesday we would be anticipating the judicial outcome of the most debated PEC awards. In the same token, i wish to also hail and salute MP Abana and wife on their brave stand,...

Till debt do us part

I believe many victims of divorce can relate to this story. It is true in many respects. The only scenario that remains to be enacted is what the girl told her mother in the last paragraph. ...

"Till Debt do us Part"

Dear Editor, I would also like to comment on the story entitled "Till Debt do us Part", which was featured in this column, as well as in the Private Views' column in the Solomon Star Newspaper, some days...

Till debt do us apart

Thank you Author, a very emotional story and to some extent depicts many realities in our societies. As Andrew and Giano had expressed, there are many different actors involved in the story and there are...

The Pursuit of Justice For The Victims Of The Solomons Social Unrest

Dear Editor, I would like to reply to your correspondent "Sri Ramon Jun Quitales" who responded to an article I had earlier contributed to your on-line publication relating to the instigators of the...

Eviction Notice to SEB

Dear Editor It would be a travesty of justice if the SEB are evicted, thus rendering their work redundant. As rightly pointed out in the Media, Honiara has only one Botanical Garden and moreover it lacks...

Till Debt Do us Part

Dear Editor, I would also like to contribute to Prof Tara's very creative piece of writing which indeed has presented a grim of the many realities that our people face today in the soceity. The story...

Till Debt Do Us a Part

Thanks Tarcisius for your letter I really enjoyed reading it, of the fact that it was really creative and it captured the reader's mind. It was based on carelessness and debt because of daddys selfishness...

Till Debt Do Us Part

Dear Editor - I would like to express my thank you to my friend, the author of the piece of the above heading. While the story hammered on the head some of the harsh realities, it also address all three...

National University

It is good to hear again that the government is thinking about and may be planning to establish a national university. A need for a national university for the country is long over due. As a result of...

Till Debt do us Part

I also wish to join Kaye by reflecting on Kabutaulaka's creative story. I guess another message which could be drawn from the story would be the responsibilty that people(leaders, men, women, students,...

Corruption in Land dealings

Dear Editor, The new land commissioner should not hesitate to sack those corrupt officers in her ministry if the law finds them guilty of involving in dubious land transactions. We cannot continue to...

Till Debt do us Part

I think the above titled story featured in this column a few days ago is not only an excellent piece of creative writing, but more importantly, it is a story which portrays some of the harsh realities...

Eviction Notice for SEB

Oh no! I hope that's just a joke. What is the ministry of forestry trying to do. Chase the hard working beautifiers who've worked their might out for the love of turning the dirty face of Honiara into...

MP Abana Forfeits Awards

Dear Editor, I would also like to join other to acknowledge the very bold and exemplified step taken by MP Steve Abana in publicly announcing his stance on the PEC entitlements. Like others, I was...

Hon. Abana forfeits awards

I would simply like to this time and space to congratulate and thank the MP for Fataleka Hon. Steve Abana for his bold move in forfeiting his parliamentary entitlements (if approved by PEC) or awards....

SI University

Dear Editor, Its good to hear Solomon Islanders now came to realise we must have own University. It is true the need to have one is long over due. I suggest few things here; amend the section of the...

Lifhaus is a social networking website

May I take the time to respond to certain misconstrued assertions made by Mr. Olofia in regards to Lifhaus and its advocacy for Our Telekom. First and foremost, if Mr. Olofia cared to understand the rich...

National University

Thank you editor for this space to give my view on the above matter. A National University is long overdue for our nation. We have so many potentially and highly educated personnels,not only educated but...

Smelling the Wonders of Competition

The decision to allow the communication industry to taste the reality of competition must be saluted. Although the new company is yet to make its presence felt, the emergence of drastic changes by the...

Our Telekom Saga

Since its inception, Our Telekom, is majority owned by the SIG through its interest in the NPF and ICSI but they let their minority shareholders Cable & Wireless to dominate its management decision including...

"Sharks" In Honiara

Dear Mr. Editor, In as much as that Mr. Frank Short mentioned those "sharks" still moving around the streets of Honiara, and him as a former Police Commissioner, I would like him to name names as to the...

MP Abana forfeits awards

As published by Solomon Star, thumbs up to Hon. Abana for showing a fine example to us, I hope others will follow. It takes courage and humbleness and I'm sure Abana is following the foot steps of his...

Clean up campaign launched

In addition to the recent awareness programs done in schools about healthy living, I would like to see the same approach done to shop-owners along Honiara main city/town. You'll see for yourself the most...

ENOUGH NAO?

Thanks to Travis for a well thought advice, and i quote "(Human are a forever wanting creation)". Do we have to go through a counsellor to talk to about how we should spend our money? Do we have to attend...

SI University

I agree with John Talitali, the expressed wishes and aspirations for a National University of SI has been aired by successive governments since time immortal. When are we going to see something concrete...

SIFF & Corporate Box

Dear Editor The agreement signed between SIFF and Solomon Airlines for the former to have access to the latter's Corporate box at Suncorp Stadium is an interesting initiative indeed. I wonder how the...

Health Crises

The children and people of Solomon Islands are dying as we speak. If you look back to last weeks One television at the review of Parliamentary special select committee into the health sector, the doctors...

Dolphin vs. tuna factory

Dear Editor, I will clarify once again the Earth Island Dolphin safe policy for canned tuna. All companies that have signed a policy with EII commit to NO CHASE, NO NET ENCIRLCLEMENT, AND NO HARM OR KILLING...

Solomon Islands University

All I hear and gather is just wishes, aspirations and expressions of interest of the need to establish a national university in our country. There is nothing new and spectacular about the media release...

Enough Nao

USP..please just study and stop complaining, all things will be adhered to in due time..stop your whining and groaning, havent you realised that other students elsewhere are also facing similiar problems...

Universty of Solomon Islands

I would like to commend Marlon Batalovo for reawakening the Solomon islands Government ,the education ministry and stakeholders responsible for the establisment of the S.I national university. First frankly...

Digicel vs Our Telekom; an ongoing war.

Dear Editor, Grateful if you could publish this letter under your Letters to the Editor column. A recent article in one of solomons local webpages - www.lifhaus.com.sb, has a story on Digicel's service...

FISHY BUSINESS

The Editor Solomon Times on Line Dear Sir, FISHY BUSINESS The protection of dolphins I fully support and can understand the concerns raised by several of your recent correspondents regarding their welfare...

Till Debt Do Us Part

TILL DEBT DO US PART Tarcisius Kabutaulaka Beti stares at the wedding picture that hangs on the wall in the middle of the living room. She's been standing there for nearly ten minutes. Tears roll down...

Patrick Pikacha

I am very interested in Patrick's new book and his aims.

Could you please advise me of his contacts so I can communicate that interest with him.

Many thanks
Russell

USP Student Allowance Fuss

The posting done by Jonas on 11th September hits the nail on the head. Management of allowances is definitely an issue USP students and SIG seriously need to look into. The allowances that SIG sponsored...

Dolphin vs Tuna Factory

Mr Mark Berman, what is the relationship between a dolphin and a tuna factory. You might as well campaign to cease all tuna factories in the name of dolphin. This is same as stop hunting wild pigs before...

Dolphin safe (Mark Breman)

As a third party certification body for the past 20 years, Earth Island Institute generates some of its revenue from the dolphin safe label. This is in contrast to organisations like Green Peace who decide...

"Wild West" - Patrick Pikacha

Dear Editor, I would like to join others in congratulating Patrick for such a success in the publication and lunching of his book. well done and keep it up. ...

Congratulation Patrick

Congratulation Patrick on the launching of your book 'The Wild West'. We now have a resource for coservation that is dedicated to showing and protecting what is left of the ecological system of the western...

Students case

Dear Editor, The cost of basic items, for instance the 10kg Carlos rice is not increased by cents as assumed by others, rather it had jumped from FJD $16.00 at the beggining of this year to FJD$32.00...

University of S.I

These controversies regarding the students and government only makes me wonder why it will take ages to upgrade SICHE to a National University, though much talk has been done about this by the govt. Imagine...

"Dolphin Safe" Label

It is quite embarrassing to read Mr. Mark Berman's comments. Mr. Berman knows full well that tuna's that qualify for the "Dolphin Safe" label are those that ensure "that no dolphins were chased, injured,...

The USP saga continues!

Dear Editor, I would be grateful if you could publish this article. The discussions around the call for increase in student allowances for USP students in Fiji, has a lot of twists and turns and is not...

Dolphin Safe (A. Radclyffe)

Dear Editor, To clarify once again, the comments by Mr. Radclyffe are without merit. Earth Island is the third party certification body for the past 20 years with regard to dolphin safe tuna. Part of...

Well done Patrick Pikacha

I'm thrilled to note the launching of a conservation-related book entitled "Wild West" by local Conservationist Patrick Pikacha. The book which focuses on the diverse, yet fragile ecosystems of the Solomon...

Dolphine Safe

Dear Editor, Please allow me to comment on the above in relation to the earleir statement by Earth Island Institute Rep. I just don't get it. What is Earth Island Institute doing? To me it is a typical...

USP Student Allowance

Dear Editor, I totally felt for the students. But I can also understand the SIG postion too. Its sad to be without money to live on in a foreign land where there are no wantoks. I think with the current...

USP Student Demand

In response to Lui which contributes to the above topic, I think you are right in some of your points but please be reminded that the students have to buy those furnitures in order to study well in their...

Student To Demonstrate

The threat by the office of the high commissioner is not acted in a responsible manner. Telling the students to consider their scholarship is only trying to shut the rights of the student to put forward...

WAIMAPURU Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Dear Editor, Please allow me to add my words of appreciation, acknowledgement and congratulations to the past and the current staff and students of Waimapuru in the celebration of the school's silver...

Waimapuru Silver Jubilee

I cannot attend the celebrations in person because of work commitments. However, I join the others in congratulating Waimapuru NSS in celebrating its Silver Jubilee. I am one of the first Form Seven students...

USP student Container

Please allow me space in your editors column to response to Preston's article. Thank you Preston for your letter published in the Solomon Times Issued 09.09.09. I for one would agree on certain grounds...

WNSS Silver Jubilee

Congratulations on the silver Jubilee WNSS. Accordingly, I'd like to thank others who have shared their reflections in commemorating the last 25 years of WNSS as an institution which had transformed and...

Dolphin safe

The Earth Island Institute is against the trade in dolphins. There is nothing wrong with that. There is another side to the argument but it is a perfectly reasonable position to hold. Where, however, Mark...

USP Student Demand

Dear Editor, Can the Ministry of Education monitor the content and volume of cargo in USP (Suva) student's container when they (more the 2) arrive at the Port (SIPA) in Honiara. For the past 6 years I...

Dolphin Export

Dear Editor; Given the issue of Dolphin exportation has recently been making headlines it terms of government defending and clarifying the quota placed on dolphin export, it would be interesting for public...

Govt. clarifies dolphin export

Dear Editor, The Govt. of the Solomon Islands just does not get it! Earth Island works with 95 percent of the worlds tuna markets as dolphin safe approved under our program. The Minister of Environment...